Friday, 23 February 2018, 11:23:51 am
Govt endorses report proposing public spending shift to end hunger
February 14, 2018

A major independent report endorsed today by the Government of Pakistan says that even a small shift in public spending can help end hunger and improve nutrition, and so strengthen the country’s steady economic trajectory.

The report “Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition in Pakistan” identifies challenges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG) ‘zero hunger’ in Pakistan and makes recommendations on how to overcome them at federal and provincial levels. According to Secretary, Economic Affairs Division Arif Ahmed Khan the report’s recommendations will be useful for Pakistan in achieving SDG 2 in the time span we have set for reducing the food insecure population to 30 percent by 2025 and tackling malnutrition by 2030.

Pakistan has made significant progress over the past decades and brought food security and nutrition to a more prominent place since 2010.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan, Neil Buhne said the review makes it clear that as Pakistan moves forward, the focus has to be on improved food and nutrition security.